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Minimising the impact of land development

Development in a natural area should maintain the integrity of the environment and never compromise the proper functioning of the ecosystem within the landscape.
Farm dams

Water management: rainwater harvesting and better storage

The message is clear: in terms of both quantity and quality, water is a declining resource, and dedicated management is required to make the most out of every drop. Dr...
Vital tips for stepping up security on your farm

Vital tips for stepping up security on your farm

Despite being continually under the spotlight, rural crime in South Africa continues to plague farmers. Some respond by leaving the sector; others struggle on after having lost property or even...
Include your spouse in your will – for your kids’ sake

Include your spouse in your will – for your kids’ sake

For many people, the yearning to spite their spouses by excluding them from their wills is irresistible. They see this as a way this as a way of settling long-standing...
A testator's last wishes - what to expect

A testator’s last wish – what to expect

When drafting a will, the focus is often only on compliance with the formalities of drafting it, and sometimes we fail to consider the practical aspects involved.
The importance of having a well-drafted and valid will

The importance of having a well-drafted, valid will

A will is a legal document that contains the free and independent wishes of the testator regarding the distribution of the assets in his or her estate at the time...
Good communication crucial for achieving profit

Good communication crucial for achieving profit

Farmers must spell out to workers what their duties are and regularly review their performance against set goals.
Find the right market for your community

Find the right market for your community

It’s important to learn as much as you can about the marketing of livestock and other agricultural commodities.
Succession: are you and your farming business ready?

Succession: are you and your farming business ready?

Succession planning of the family farm is often taken for granted as the transition to the next generation is assumed to be an uncomplicated process. Little or no thought is...
Can a bequest of agricultural land to more than one beneficiary be regarded as valid?

Subdivision of Agricultural Land Act 70 of 1970

In South Africa, a testator or testatrix has the freedom to leave their assets to whoever they please. But certain statutory limitations affect the freedom of testation. One is the...
What butchers and abattoirs look for

What butchers and abattoirs look for

To increase your profit, you need to know the age and body condition of your animals and what prices to expect from the markets. Remember, a heavier carcass may not...
Smartphone apps – a clever weapon against intruders

Smartphone apps – a clever weapon against intruders

With the development of new, customised technology, a smartphone can function as a highly effective crime prevention and safety device.

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Wagyu meat

Wagyu beef has ‘unique fatty acid composition’

Wagyu beef is a “curve bender” in terms of fatty acid composition, and the breed has the ability to actually change the way fatty acids are manufactured in an animal’s...

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